Now hiring Student Historians 2022/2023, apply now!

April 18, 2022

Now accepting applications!

Student Historians for the University Archives

$12/hour, average of 6-10 hours per week, academic year

Priority deadline to apply: May 22, 2022

The UW-Madison Archives is seeking two highly-motivated and creative upper level undergraduate students to serve as Student Historians for the 2022-2023 academic year.


  • Develop a project focused on historically under-researched and underrepresented people and stories in our campus current and past history
  • Work on peer outreach and education activities related to their work and/or the Archives
  • Share their work with the campus community in one or more ways, which could include a physical exhibit, web exhibit, presentation, podcast, publication, etc.

This position offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to the uncovering of marginalized and underrepresented stories in campus history, deep archival research, hands-on experience working with professional University Archives staff and with primary source materials, as well as possible work with other campus departments, programs, and centers.

We estimate the student will work an average of 6-10 hours/week. Virtual or in-person work meetings with staff – including a weekly meeting with the supervisor – must be scheduled during the Archives working hours, typically between M-F, 9-4, otherwise the schedule is very flexible.

REMOTE WORK ELIGIBILITY/LOCATION: This position can be performed primarily remotely. However, depending on the research topic and outreach activities selected by the Student Historian, there may onsite research needs and/or in-person outreach events. Onsite work could be at University Archives, 4th floor (Room 425), Steenbock Library, 550 Babcock Drive, or other locations depending on research topic.


  • Undergraduate students who can make an academic year commitment
  • Perspectives and experiences of marginalized/underrepresented communities on campus
  • Experience and/or interest in archives, archival research, public history and/or campus history
  • Commitment to developing strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy, the ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to reliably and professionally meet scheduled commitments


  • Apply on the UW Student Jobs board, JOB NO: 502165. You’ll be asked to upload:
    • Cover letter addressing your interest and relevant experience
    • Resume
    • Note those invited to interview will be asked for names, titles, and contact information of two references.
  • Application deadline: May 22, 2022

For questions or more information, contact Digital and Media Archivist Cat Phan at or current Student Historians Sophia Abrams at or Sydney Tang at Or watch last year’s and this year’s Student Historians present on their projects on our YouTube channel.

For more information about the Archives, visit